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The Colours of History

Written by Clive Gifford

Illustrated by Marc-Etienne Peintre

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Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Awards 2019, Best Book with Facts |

A fascinating information book, The Colours of History takes readers to different places at different times to show how humans have used colour in art, politics and trade. They’ll learn how indigo, made from plants that grow in Asia, began to be traded round the world in the 15th century, how hundreds of years later it was used to colour a type of cloth in Nîmes, which eventually became known as ‘denim’. It explains how pink has been regarded as a ‘boy colour’ and a ‘girl colour’, and why, in the US in the early 20th century, margarine was pink. And it describes how the discovery of a new mineral in a Russian gold mine transformed Van Gogh’s paintings. It’s an unusual and vivid way to demonstrate how interconnected the world has always been, and mankind’s endless ingenuity too. 

Andrea Reece

The Colours of History Synopsis

Why did Roman emperors wear purple? Which colour is made from crushed beetles? What green pigment might be used to build super-fast computers of the future? Find out the answers to these and many more questions in this vibrant exploration of the stories behind different colours, and the roles they've played throughout history.

From black to white, and all the colours in between, every shade has a story to tell. Each colour group is introduced with a stunning and interpretive double-page spread illustration, followed by illustrated entries exploring the `colourful' history of particular shades. With vivid, thought-provoking illustrations and engaging bite-sized text, this book is a feast for the eyes and the mind, ready to enthral budding artists and historians alike.

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ISBN: 9781784939670
Publication date: 19/04/2018
Publisher: QED Publishing
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781784939670
Publication date: 19th April 2018
Author: Clive Gifford
Illustrator: Marc-Etienne Peintre
Publisher: QED Publishing
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 64 pages
Suitable for: 7+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Art, Fascinating Facts, History
Other Categories: All Shortlists and Winners

About Clive Gifford

Clive Gifford is an award-winning author who has written hundreds of articles and over 80 non-fiction books. For Kingfisher, Clive's titles include Football - The ultimate guide to the beautiful game, Football Skills, Olympics, 10 Explorers Who Changed the World, How the World Works and Think Again! He has received commendations from the Smithsonian Museum in the US and received a Times Educational Supplement Information Book of the Year award. A life-long supporter of the London team Queens Park Rangers, he has also been a football coach and contributed to various ...

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